Imagine, if you will, a sardonic tale of a maniacal cowboy prospector who, with the help of a greedy group of financiers, senators and businessmen, conspires to overturn an entire village in his crazed obsession for oil. Sound familiar? Well, believe it or not, there's not a single bad guy with the initials G.B. in Jean Giraudoux's satirical 1943 comedy, The Madwoman, which opens tonight at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The play stars Kathleen M. Brady and is directed by Israel Hicks, who has tweaked it by moving the action from WW II, German-occupied Paris to modern-day Manhattan, where the heroines are homeless and led by a loony bag lady from Tribeca. The story still conveys Giraudoux's original philosophy that a little vagabond good always triumphs over an evil empire.
Fittingly, proceeds from this evening's performance benefit the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. A pre-show cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with music by the Denver Municipal Band Combo, and the curtain rises at 8. Tickets are $100 for this special performance and are available at 303-285-5222 or www.denvercenter.org. The Madwoman continues its regular run through April 30; tickets are $38 to $45. -- Kity Ironton
Swing Low FRI, 4/1
It was his association with Miles Davis in the galvanic days of In a Silent Way and Bitches Brewthat first pitched Dave Holland into the public eye and ear. The consummate jazz bassist carried his own weight as a musician, composer and bandleader into the new century, supported by the strength of his stellar foundation, a blend of swing, dignity and introspective virtuosity. All such attributes will be glowingly displayed when Holland performs tonight at 7 p.m. at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. A well-balanced quartet of sidemen will join him, including trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibe player Steve Nelson, saxman Chris Potter and drummer Nate Smith. Admission ranges from $10 to $45; tickets are available at 303-492-8008 or www.cuconcerts.org. -- Susan Froyd
Waiter, More Noise With My Funk! Savion Glover brings it -- again. SAT, 4/2
In the foreword to Savion!: My Life in Tap, the late tap master Gregory Hines raves about Savion Glover: "He's the greatest tap dancer to ever lace up a pair of Capezios." And Hines would have known: Glover made his television debut on Tap alongside him and Sammy Davis Jr., and later starred with Hines in the Broadway production Jelly's Last Jam. As Glover climbed through the ranks of the dance world, earning a Tony at age 23 for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, he and Hines remained close. It seems fitting, then, that Glover would name his latest touring production Improvography, a term Hines coined to describe Glover's spontaneous style.
The show couples performers from Glover's company, Ti Dii, with a jazz ensemble, resulting in an eclectic mix of music and dance. It also features a showstopping forty-minute Glover solo, during which the virtuosic performer dances his way through jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock and funk.
So Happy Together Impulse celebrates nineteen years of funny business. FRI, 4/1
Nineteen years is a long time for any marriage. Thankfully, it's been a long and prosperous joining for Denver theater-goers and Impulse Theater, which celebrates its anniversary tonight and tomorrow night with cake and improv comedy.
"The funniest things I've ever seen on stage invariably happened in the last show I performed or watched," says Impulse actor/director John Bauers. "The trip from Point A to Point B is plausible, as is the trip from Point B to C, and C to D. The end result, however, is highly improbable, usually implausible, and always entertaining."
From current events to local politics, nothing escapes the creative minds of Impulse actors. "I recently played the Lone Ranger auditioning replacements for Tonto," recalls Matt Zambrano, "and explained to Ward Churchill that only real Indians need apply."
Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. in the lower level of the Wynkoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th Street. Save room for cake and beer: In honor of the special occasion, the Wynkoop is offering 1987 throwback prices on drinks in the theater. For information and tickets, $16, call 303-297-2111 or visit www.impulsetheater.com. -- Corey Helland